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Joel: I have all these opinions ... and no outlet for them!
Josh: Have you tried yelling them at the Internet?
Joel: Almost exclusively! And yet problems still persist!

-"The Grand Opining", HijiNKS ENSUE, by Joel Watson


"On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."

-Charles Babbage


Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

-Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid


Nov
7
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
3
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
@Jim, yeah, that was intentional, and I addressed it in the last paragraph.
Oct
19
awarded  Taxonomist
Oct
14
awarded  Editor
Oct
14
revised Why shouldn't a new software product try to compete on price?
comment response; added non-open free software
Oct
9
comment Why are strings so slow?
@seh, unfortunately, I actually can't answer that. The few times I've actually asked people what strings are slower than, they just kind of shrug and say "they're just slow." Besides, if I had more specific information, this would be a question for SO, not Programmers; it's already kinda borderline.
Oct
9
asked Why are strings so slow?
Oct
4
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
3
comment Should I be a good programmer immediately after college?
@garbagecollector, just wait, a year from now you'll be re-asking my question...
Sep
30
comment When someone asks you what you do, what do you say (e.g. programmer, developer, code monkey)?
I don't use this exact mapping, but +1 for "it depends on the situation." When is that not the right answer, really?
Sep
29
asked What do programmers have to know about business/management?
Sep
26
comment Studying more than one subject
+1 for doing some math I never considered.
Sep
26
answered Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
Sep
26
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
I'm tempted to downvote for "Engineers aren't particularly known for their social skills," but +1 because this is the only answer that hasn't assumed that the senior dev was in the wrong.
Sep
26
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
I also think this is too much of a blanket statement, but not for the same reason as Jim. I've known people who would feel humiliated in this situation even if the senior dev was perfectly reasonable; it kind of depends on how you define "humiliated."
Sep
26
comment int* i; or int *i; or int * i;
+1 because I didn't consider this scenario before.
Sep
24
comment If you could only have one programming related book on your bookshelf what would it be and why?
This is the required textbook for my class this term. I'm heartened that it's on the list here, and that it's so highly rated on the original SO question!
Sep
20
answered How do you deal with people who ask you to fix their computer?
Sep
19
comment How much of your time at work is actually devoted to working?
"When I had a summer internship at Microsoft, a fellow intern told me he was actually only going into work from 12 to 5 every day. Five hours, minus lunch, and his team loved him because he still managed to get a lot more done than average." - Joel
Sep
16
answered How much of your time at work is actually devoted to working?